McKee One To Watch

2015 Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge linebacker Anthony McKee put together a strong performance Friday night. He is a prospect to watch in the class and the Buckeyes' coaches have their eyes on him.

2015 Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge linebacker Anthony McKee holds eight offers and he put on quite the display Friday night.

After recording a handful of tackles in the first half and remaining discipline in his reads and responsibilities in the defensive scheme, McKee was given the permission to roam and make plays in the second half.

The second half saw McKee more in attack mode. He recorded several tackles for loss, had three sacks, forced two fumbles, and even blocked a punt.

"I am better at flying around and doing my own thing and my coaches realize that," McKee said. "I'm better at shooting the gaps and making noise that way. I like to rush the passer and get in the backfield and that is what I'm the best at."

Standing at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, McKee has some weight to put on to grow into a full-time linebacker but he has the frame to do so. The Ohio State coaches are comparing him to a current linebacker they have on the roster.

"I know I will need to get bigger to play linebacker but I don't think it will be hard to do," McKee pointed out. "The Ohio State coaches think I could be a combination between linebacker and safety but they also are comparing me to Ryan Shazier. I saw him play when I visited and we play about the same way."

"They also said they love my speed and the way I play," he added. "I don't know if an offer from Ohio State will come or not but I know that I am going to keep going hard for whatever comes my way. It'll happen if it's meant to be but the only thing I can control is if I'm playing hard and getting better."

McKee spoke more about his trip to Ohio State.

"The visit went very well," he noted. "The game was good and the team was ready. The campus was nice and the fans were crazy. The defense was really hitting and that was cool to see because that's my favorite part of football."

"I love that you can also get a good education at Ohio State," he continued. "It is a good all-around school and I found out more about it on my visit."

McKee is in the middle of making plans to visit Michigan State next weekend.

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